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How to Play Baccarat

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How to Play Baccarat

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Once considered the game of noblemen and aristocrats, baccarat has a mysterious history and comes from origins that are still unknown today. It is known that baccarat today is played as it was centuries ago. Baccarat is a game of prediction between two hands; the banker hand and the player hand. 

Bettors have the option of wagering on either the player or banker hand (the winner being the hand that ends with the higher total) or if both hands will be equal resulting in a tie. Baccarat plays with a fixed set of rules regarding the drawing of additional cards, so unlike blackjack there is no possibility of drawing a card incorrectly or taking someone else’s card.

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The simple breakdown of how to play baccarat is as follows:

  • At the start of the hand, both the player and the banker will receive two cards each (first and third card will make the player’s hand, the second and forth card will make the banker’s hand).
  • If either side is dealt an initial total of 8 or 9 (a “natural”), the hand ends and the side with the highest total will be declared the winner. 
  • If neither side was dealt a natural on the initial deal, the hand of the player will be evaluated first. If the player’s hand total is 0-5 the player hand will always draw a single additional card. 
  • Next the banker hand will be evaluated. The banker hand will always draw to a total of 0-2 and stand on all totals 7+. For totals between 3 and 6, the banker will draw an additional card based on the value of the card drawn by player. When totaling cards any hand with a two-digit total has the first digit dropped (27 = 27 = 7).

Third Card Hitting Rules for Baccarat

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The hitting rules for baccarat may seem quite complex at first glance; the good is that cards are drawn automatically according to an established set of rules. The player doesn’t need to know the hitting rules in order to play baccarat. The rules work as follows:

Naturals:

If either the player or the banker is dealt an initial total of 8 or 9 (a natural), both hands will stand, and the highest hand will win.

Player Hand:

  • If the player is dealt a 6 or 7, they will stand.• If the player is dealt a 0 to 5, they will automatically draw one additional card.
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Banker Hand:

  • If the banker is dealt an initial two card total of 7, they will stand.
  • If the banker is dealt an initial two card total of 6 and the player doesn’t draw a third card, the banker will stand.
  • If the banker is dealt an initial two card total of 6 and the player draws, the banker will draw a third card if the player’s third card was a 6 or 7.
  • If the banker is dealt an initial two card hand of 5 or less and the player stands, the banker hand will draw a third card.
  • If the banker’s initial two card total is a 5 and the player draws a card, the banker will draw a third card when the player’s third card was a 4-7.
  • If the banker’s initial two card total is a 4 and the player draws a card, the banker will draw a third card when the player’s third card was a 2-7.
  • If the banker’s initial two card total is a 3 and the player draws a card, the banker will draw only when the player hand’s third card was an 8.
  • The banker will always draw a third card on initial totals of 0, 1 and 2.

Other Baccarat Wagers

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In addition to the base game of baccarat there are several other wagering options available. Bettors have the option to wager on a tie between the player and banker hands which will pay 8:1. Bettors also have the option to bet on the player or banker hands winning with three cards, either side getting dealt a pair or perfect (suited) pair which can pay up to 200 to 1.

Tracking Trends

Baccarat is all about predicting the outcome of the future hand and betting accordingly. Most baccarat bettors like to examine the results of past hands and use that information to predict future results. Runs of banker or player give bettors the opportunity to cash in on the trend. Whether you are waiting for a run of one side or can predict the end of streak based on the trends of previous hands, we’ve got the result tracking tools that will make following the game trends a breeze.

Bettors have the option of seeing the results for the last 10 hands, viewing the bead plate which shows more than the last 100 hands or tracking trends using the big road, the big eye road, the small road and the cockroach road.

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Baccarat Variations

One of the most exciting moments in baccarat is centered around the dealing and revealing of the cards. With DraftKings Squeeze Baccarat, we give the bettor the power to reveal their cards at their own pace. Bettors can choose to reveal their cards one at a time by peeling their cards as they would in a high limit baccarat game in an online casino, or they can choose to reveal their cards by scratching as they would a lottery scratcher ticket. Bettors also have the option of revealing none, one or both of the card in the opposing hand at any time.

Bettors can rotate, peel and squeeze when revealing their card values.

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Bettors can reveal the value of the opposing hand before, during or after they peel their hand!

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Bettors will have the option to scratch while revealing their cards.

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Baccarat Tips and Hints

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Not sure what to bet? Take it to the bank. Not only is the banker hand in baccarat one of the best bets in the casino with an extremely low house edge, it also wins more often than the player hand.

Look for trends and patterns as you play. If the player or banker is streaking, following the flow of the cards can be profitable. While no outcome is guaranteed, tracking patterns and predicting future trends is a fun and interesting way to play.

Never bet the player and the banker at the same time. Only one side can win at a time.

Try baccarat variants as a way to mix things up. DraftKings offers specialty baccarat variations like Lunar New Year Baccarat that change the feel of the game based on the lunar calendar.

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